UAE enters new era of clean electricity production as ‘Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant’ starts commercial production

On 9 April 2021 at 08:29

As the World evolves, it is gradually becoming imperative to bring innovations that are friendly to the ecosystem. It is under this context that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is looking for alternatives to generate energy from environment friendly sources and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

Under its Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program, the UAE has entered a historic new era of clean electricity production with the launch of ‘Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant’ which paves the way for significant economic, social and environmental benefits.

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has recently announced that Unit One of the Barakah nuclear energy plant has begun commercial operations.

Located in the Al Dhafra region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the plant has four APR-1400 units.

ENEC’s operating and maintenance subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company, successfully started commercial operations of the plant’s first unit.

According to sources, the 1400MW unit will deliver sustainable electricity constantly, to be supplied to the national grid.

Abu Dhabi Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that the development was a significant milestone in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) vision for sustainable, knowledge-based economic prosperity.

Commenting on the development, ENEC chairman Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak said: “The UAE set a clear roadmap with solid principles to ensure this project was developed in accordance with the highest international industry standards of safety and quality with full transparency."

“Our investment in pioneering technologies and the decarbonisation of our electricity production not only advances the UAE’s clean energy leadership, but also produces tangible socioeconomic and environmental benefits,” he added.

ENEC CEO Mohamed Al Hammadi said the plant is a landmark in UAE’s journey towards clean energy.

“After more than a decade of strategic planning, program development and construction, today we are confidently marking the start of a new chapter in the UAE’s transition to cleaner energy sources," he noted.

Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant has started commercial operations, becoming the first source of clean electricity for the Arab World .

Barakah Unit 1 Commercial Operations is the result of more than a decade of effort by Emirati-led, multinational teams to deliver on the UAE’s clean energy vision.

The plant is anticipated to bring positive change by delivering clean electricity, making great strides to tackle climate change, creating jobs and supporting industries, promoting R&D and technological advancement.

From now onwards, the first unit of the Barakah plant is currently delivering thousands of megawatts of emissions-free electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for more than 60 years. It also set to grow, with three more units well on their way to generating clean electricity in coming years.

This huge amount of clean electricity will support the UAE in making giant strides in meeting its climate change goals and becoming a global clean energy leader.

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UAE enters historic new era of clean electricity production as ‘Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant’ starts commercial production

The 1400MW Unit One of the Barakah nuclear energy plant will deliver sustainable electricity to the national grid. Credit: ENEC